July 12, 2021

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, July 12, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

PRESENT: Mayor Vern Rasmussen, Jr., Councilors Rich Murray, Larry Baker, Jason Howland, Reid Olson, Robert Rasmussen, and Al Brooks. Also present were City Manager Ian Rigg, City Attorney Kelly Martinez, Public Works Director Steven Jahnke, Finance Director Kristi Brutlag, Public Safety Director JD Carlson, and City Clerk Daphney Maras

Building/Zoning Official Wayne Sorensen attended via Zoom

CEREMONIAL ITEMS – None

PUBLIC FORUM
Sherry Ketterling lives in Freeborn County and stated she presents in support of Lisa Hansen. She spoke of her dissatisfaction of Sheriff Freitag and her disapproval of Nancy Pelosi as well as local officials not adhering to mask mandates. She also mentioned her disapproval of City Attorney Martinez’s behavior in a video she watched.

Valerie Budd lives in Albert Lea and spoke of her opposition of the COVID pandemic mandates and the affects it has had on businesses.

Lon Wiersma a resident in Albert Lea commented on his disagreement of the cancellation of the lease agreement between the City of Albert Lea and the Interchange.

Lisa Hanson owner of the Interchange Wine & Coffee Bistro at 211 S. Broadway Avenue. She spoke of her disagreement and concern with the termination of the lease between the City of Albert Lea and the Interchange.

Debbie Proulx of Albert Lea spoke of her opposition to the cancellation of the lease agreement between the City of Albert Lea and the Interchange.

Keith Douglas Haskel a Minnesota business owner spoke of his disagreement with the mandates upheld by state and local government officials. He also conveyed his dispute with the termination of the lease between the City of Albert Lea and Lisa Hanson.

Kris Bartley spoke of her knowledge of sovereign citizens. She stated she supports the City council and the decisions made thus far.

Daniel Hanson spoke of his conflicts with the governmental behavior and policies. He provided personal background on Lisa Hanson and his support for her.

Tom Bloudell of Rochester spoke of his disappointment in the City Council.

Christopher Penrod a resident of Albert Lea attended the meeting via Zoom. He spoke of his support of Lisa Hanson and the Interchange. He mentioned the responses to the data requests he has obtained from the City of Albert Lea. He is disappointment in the decisions council and staff are making regarding Lisa Hanson and Kelly Martinez.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A. Approve Minutes Of The June 28, 2021 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The June 28, 2021 Work Session
C. License & Permits
D. Resolution Updating Alternate City Treasurer
E. Resolution Authorizing City of Albert Lea To Enter Into Limited Use Permit No. 2404-0017 With Minnesota Department of Transportation – Broadway Avenue (TH-65 – Streetscape Improvements (Job 1464)
F. Resolution Authorizing An Interfund Loan For Advance For Certain Costs In Connection With Tax Increment Financing District No. 5-26
G. Resolution Authorizing An Interfund Loan For Advance For Certain Costs In Connection With Tax Increment Financing District No. 5-27

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the consent agenda as read, seconded by Councilor Brooks. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 21-109 through 21-112
Included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS – None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS
A. Resolution 21-113 Correcting Errors And Omissions Related To June 28, 2021 Closed Meeting

Rigg explained pursuant to Minnesota Statute, the attached resolution would correct inadvertent errors and omissions related to a meeting that should have been properly noticed under closed meeting statutes. This resolution identifies the real property and acknowledges the closed meeting notice errors.

Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Brooks. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 21-113
Included with these minutes)

B. Resolution 21-114 Authorizing Action On Tax Forfeited Properties

Attached for Council review and approval is a resolution authorizing action on tax forfeited properties. In August 2019, the price was set on the previously forfeited properties and all lots sold except for the twin home lots. This resolution reduces the prices on the previously forfeited properties and sets the price on the new forfeited properties. The previous price was $19,000 per lot, this reduces the price to $20,000 for a pair of twin home lots. In the last meeting the City Manager assumed from documents reviewed by staff the price for individual lots were approximately $14,000 each per twin lot.

Motion made by Councilor Brooks, seconded by Councilor Baker. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 21-114
Included with these minutes)

C. Discussion On Development of City Property

City Manager Rigg stated there are a number of City properties that will not serve a public need though there is need for housing. There are some lots that do serve a public need but could be relocated so that opportunity may be provided for needed development. Rigg provided a PowerPoint presentation on the top priorities and properties under consideration. Council and staff discussed the pros and cons of the properties displayed in the slide show as well as details on a proposed Marina including amenities.

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:
First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the ALEDA meeting where they discussed new business opportunities and job creation

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – Reports City Manager is working on one ward item for him
• Committee Update – None

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported;
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the Marion Ross statue unveiling and spoke of the outpouring support and attendance from the community.

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – Working with City Engineer on an issue related to the Bridge Street construction.
• Committee Update – None

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – Working on ward items with staff
• Committee Update – None

MAYOR’S REPORT:
• Downtown Crazy Days are coming up — Thu, July 22nd thru Sat, July 24th
SHOP LOCAL!
• Mentioned there are two openings on the Board of Appeals
• Attended the ALEDA meeting
• Thanked all the volunteers that have helped with recent City events
• MercyOne is having a ribbon cutting on July 21st at 10:00 a.m.

CITY MANAGER REPORT
• Calls continue to be received and explored with interest from developers
• Staff are working with lobbyists on the bonding bill
• Staff continue working on the budget. Rigg requested two council members, once again, sit on the budget review meetings.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS
A. Resolution 21- 115 Approving Claims
(1). Presentation of Claims Over $25,000

Rigg displayed a slide detailing claims over $25,000. In addition, he explained the attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Treasurer to issue the payment of claims as presented in the Detail of Claims report.

Motion made by Councilor Howland to approve payment of claims as presented for checks #78978 through #79109 in the amount of $1,658,944.47. Seconded by Councilor Baker. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 21-115
Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT: 7:55 P.M.

Motion made by Councilor Murray, seconded by Councilor Howland. That there being no further business, the Council meeting adjourn until the next regular meeting of the Albert Lea City Council at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 26, 2021. On roll call vote, all councilors voted in favor of said motion.

Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed and the meeting adjourned.

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Mayor Vern Rasmussen, Jr.

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Daphney Maras
Secretary of the Council